Operations are underway to retrieve bodies of the two victims of Likoni ferry accident. Private divers have joined in the search for the bodies of a mother and her daughter who drowned on Sunday, 29th September 2019.
The divers arrived today and were preparing to board boats as others searched the waters nearby. They work in pairs and hope to find the car and its occupants. Sources say the car plunged 60 meters deep, however, the machines available, can only last divers for half this depth.
The victims identified as Mariam Kighenda and her four-year-old daughter; Amanda Mutheu died after their car plunged into the Indian Ocean from the MV Harambee ferry. The Toyota ISIS KCB 289C veered off the rear ramp aboard the ferry and sank into the ocean headfirst.
The 35-year-old woman and her daughter came from a shamba trip in Kwale and were headed home when the unfortunate incident happened.
Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich, reported that, the vehicle lost breaks and reversed just before the ferry docked. He added that the ferry officials threw out rescue savers near the car, but since the victims were trapped inside, they wre unable to access them.
The Red Cross coordinator Mombasa County Muhammed Rajab while addressing the media on Monday, 30th September 2019 said operations to retrieve the vehicle and two bodies trapped in was called off because they lacked divers at that moment.
By: Linzer Kibebe